For more than four decades, the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have been negotiating in an effort to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. The perspective, assumptions and hypotheses that underpin the respective approaches to the Cyprus problem disclose the general framework that renders understandable the impasse that has characterised the long history of negotiations on Cyprus. The Helsinki decision by the European Union to accept Turkey as a candidate state has fundamentally modified the framework within which the stakeholders will, henceforth, have to negotiate a possible solution for Cyprus. This shift in framework may provide the basis of hope for resolving the long overdue Cyprus problem.
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